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Latest abuse tragedy: Sahara, 5.

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sahara Jayde Baker-Koro

An update to the previous post, from www.nzherald.co.nz:

This is the face of the latest New Zealand child to die as a result of alleged abuse. Five-year-old Sahara Jayde Baker-Koro was found dead in her bed in Napier early on Tuesday.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with assault in relation to her death, and is likely to face more serious charges in the New Year. He appeared in the Napier District Court this week, and was granted interim name suppression and remanded in custody until next month. Sahara lived at the house with her mother, 7-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother.

Police have refused to reveal the 24-year-old’s relationship to the family, or say whether he was living at the house. Sahara had just finished her first year at Onekawa School. Principal Wayne Keats said everyone at the school was shocked at the news of her death.

“She was a very likeable child, much loved by staff and her friends,” he said. “Staff talked about her cheeky smile, her inquisitiveness and determination to succeed,” he said. Sahara’s relatives used Facebook yesterday to pay tribute to a little girl with a big smile.

“You really touched mine and so many hearts Hara,” wrote an aunt. “Your amazing little smile I’ll never forget … love you forever my beautiful niece.” They also expressed anger at the man charged.

Teddy bears and flowers were left in tribute outside the Riverbend Rd house where family members found Sahara at 1.50am on Tuesday. Soft toys, flowers, cards and balloons were piled beside the driveway, and a toy angel hung over the letterbox.

A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said Sahara went to school with her children and was a friendly little girl. She said her children were upset when they learned what had happened to their friend.

“The kids wanted to leave home for a while, they just couldn’t believe someone could do that to a little girl.” Child, Youth and Family head of operations Marama Wiki said Sahara’s family were known to the agency.

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Categories: Abuse, Child Abuse, Killing
  1. Lulu63
    January 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    We have to bring back the plunket nurses, plunket nurses would visit the parents throughout the year, measure and weigh children and would be the first to notice signs of possible abuse. Maybe some of these children would be stil alive if our goverment wasn’t so tightfisted.

  2. Jo Andrews
    January 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    My heart aches for that poor baby who’s life was taken by that useless, evil bastard. I’m sickened and angered by every similar event seen on the news far too often and worry even more about the stuff that we never hear about until it becomes too late.
    I read that the court was packed full of people who yelled and screamed to the abuser while he waited to be sentenced and rightly so…they are angry and sad for the loss of their baby. I wish someone had the guts say to that man calmly… “I’m on to you” before the tradgedy happened. It might have just been enough to change the dynamics and save her.
    But truthfully I feel shame – shame for being in a society who allow and tolerate these actions to happen not once but many many many times and then give little repercussion to people treating their children in such a cruel way – New Zealand it’s time to say NO! Use your voice to say Zero tolerance for abuse – Zero points for keeping quiet!

  3. Peter
    January 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Hi I just found this site, and looking through the awful history, can the owners please tellme, since they clearly know a lot more about this than me, are there ANY child abusers/murderers who are not either Maoris or Polynesians ? Thanks for making this information easily available.

  4. Peter
    January 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

    OK, I just found one Indian and one Caucasian, but it seems to me that the really vicious violent cases are predictably Maori or Polynesian related. Why is this has anyone identified the underlying reasons ? Is it the emphasis on violence that their tribal culture has saddled them with ? What a price to pay for staying in touch with ancient ancestors…

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